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FILE- In this March 12, 2012 file photo, One Direction band members from left, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik pose during a CD signing for their debut album "Up All Night," at J&R Music World in New York. Malik said Wednesday, March 25, 2015, he is leaving chart-topping boy band One Direction "to be a normal 22-year-old." His bandmates said they were sad to see him go "but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future."

Zayn Malik delivered a shocker to his fans when he announced he was quitting the chart-topping band One Direction.

The British singer announced Wednesday he was quitting the band "to be a normal 22-year-old." His bandmates Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne — currently in the middle of their "On The Road Again" world tour — offered their best wishes but said they'd continue as a quartet.

One Direction formed in 2010 after five teenagers — Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Tomlinson and Malik — auditioned individually for the British TV talent show "The X Factor." The quintet soon became one of the world's top pop acts with multiplatinum records, sold-out tours and even a hit movie. In the wake of Malik's departure, The Associated Press offers a look at One Direction's best moments in pictures.